All Canvas assignments automatically appear in the Assignments, Grades, Calendar, and Syllabus areas.

An assignment is any form of assessment of student learning including but not limited to quizzes, exams, papers, projects, graded discussions. In Canvas, “assignment” refers to assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions. Every course assignment is represented by an assignment in Canvas, at a minimum, for the purpose of aligning course learning outcomes (CLOs) to it via a rubric. The Assignments tab in the left course navigation goes to the assignments index to view all assignments in a course.


Course assignments and assessments can easily be found and tracked by students when they exist in Canvas. All Canvas assignments (assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions) automatically appear in the Assignments, Grades, Calendar, and Syllabus areas, regardless of which area they are created in. Students can access any of these areas to see all assignments.

Best Practice Recommendations

  • Create a Canvas assignment for each course assignment/assessment.
  • Create an assignment from within a module or link to an assignment from within a module.
  • Make assignment names descriptive, meaningful, and consistent.
  • Make assignment directions clear and concise.
  • Include links in the directions to any materials needed to complete an assignment.
  • Attach a rubric to each assignment and align it to CLOs.
  • Create and group all assignments into assignment groups.
  • Set grade weights for assignment groups.
  • Check that assignment due dates appear correctly on the calendar.

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